Civic society launches ‘town plan’

Members of the Pontefract Civic Society have published a report on what they believe will be the future of Pontefract town centre.'Pictured L to R) Allan Blaza, Adrian Pope, Peter Cookson.'p306b348
Members of the Pontefract Civic Society have published a report on what they believe will be the future of Pontefract town centre.'Pictured L to R) Allan Blaza, Adrian Pope, Peter Cookson.'p306b348

Community leaders have launched a report detailing proposals to develop Pontefract town centre for the future.

Pontefract Civic Society has drawn up the document in response to Wakefield Council’s consultation on retail and town centres across the district and plan to hold public consultations with townsfolk in the new year.

Society member Adrian Pope, who wrote the report, said: “Some of the proposals are controversial, which is why we want to have a public consultation, but we wanted to give the council as many ideas and suggestions as possible.”

Among the schemes the report proposes road improvement schemes, including extending the council’s northern link road plan to create an eastern relief road in the town.

It also puts forward schemes to make the town more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, along with improvements to Monkhill railway station.

Peter Cookson, society president, said: “The town is really struggling and this is our contribution to try to make things better, in a constructive way.”

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We have received this document and are now considering the proposals so we can respond to the society.

“They have clearly put a lot of work in this plan for the town centre and we appreciate new input in how we can improve Pontefract.

“We are committed to regeneration across the whole of the Wakefield district, while being mindful of reducing budgets and need to find innovative ways of working with partners to fund future development schemes.”